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Srimathe Lakshminrisimha Parabhrammane Nama:
What it means ? Why should one Perform this daily ?
0ne of the most important routines among the Brahman is a prayer called Sandhya Vandanam i.e. Nithya Anushtanam (Daily routine).
This prayer is offered thrice everyday, once before sunrise, again at Noon and third at the time of evening before Sunset.
This prayer is a combined subject of Religion, Health, Concentration, Yoga, Meditation, Excercise and Prayer.  In one topic,  'Sandhyaa Vandanam' is just the ancient Vedic scripture that has pictured the core element of healthy living.
A marvelous preventive medicine for every age and time, every  Brahman in those days supposedly lived  for more than 400 years of age, just by simply following these regular prayer offerings. Is it possible ? Can it be true ?
Yes, even in todays polluted environments of air, water and the ecological factor, this practice of daily Sandhyaa Vandanam can be a relief from  many a disease that affects the Brahman  society.
The first step taken in those days were, Performing thread wearing ceremony to every Brahman boy who attains the age of 7 then take him in a group of 5/7  boys to the Gurukulam,  where a learned schollar will teach them this prayer. Here the boys were taught to develop their knowledge of Vedic Scriptures, to recite the hym and rhyms of Slokhas and stick to the principles of the faith they belonged to.

This  routine includes Breathing  exercises (inhaling/breathing from one nostril and releasing the carbon dioxode through other nostril and alternating vice versa) (praanaayaamam), thus expanding and enlarging his lungs, and improving his blood circulation level. Because of this routine practice every boy who undergoes this sort of training learns to control his breath and learns to control his entire body mechanism.

While doing so, he is made to recite the Supreme Japam called "Gayatri" (read the article based on proven scientific values about "Gayatri", a verse that cleanses the inner soul by repeated chanting. By reciting this "Gayatri" for a specific counts of times (say 108 or 1008 times, thrice a day) improves a persons skills and ability, increases ones memory power, and protects him from any major ailments.
In addition to above, they were made to sit in one place concentrating on above and making them to take control of their body and mind at once. Also the divine vibrations received from frequent chanting of the Vedic scriptures, and doing the Gayatri Japam, their brain neurons are  strengthened and and their brain wave length passed on in a focussed manner, and  taking control of things in all their undertakings. Yes, the Gaayatri Japam vibrations are so powerful, if a person chants/recites it for one crore time, he gets a finer body, cleaner and very respectable look and people regard him as a powerful person.
Modern science has evolved the above conception as just and perfect for a healthy living.  Many Yoga centres, that have spread all over the world now, teach and preach this today, even in the Western countries, where once they considered these Hindu practices as blind faith and foolish.
The practice of Sandyaa Vandanam in itself is daily performed without fail at a calm peaceful atmosphere. This enabled the learners to control their emotions, temperament and anger to a larger extent and made them tolerant to others. Thus, a Brahman never got angry even in the worst of circumstances.
As everyone knows, the Sun being a Star, passes its rays all the time, whether day or night.  Without its power, none on the earth can exist.  Using these power for the good of  human kind is taught in the Vedic scripts.  The solar energy can be used not just  to produce electricity for batteries etc., but also to recharge ones own body mechanism.  As the body too produces electricity and magnetic phases, it is no wonder that ancient Brahman found it to live in his fittest way, healthier and longer.
During the noon prayer or Maadhyaanika Sandhyaavandanam, they used perform Soorya Namaskaaram (Worshiping the Star Sun), and there is a methodical way to seeing the Sun and to absorb the rays (solar energy ?)  into their body.  It is widely believed that Surya Namaskaram cleanses the eye lenses. This practice prevented them from early blindness. (Mind it, looking at the Sun directly may blind your sight and damage your eye lenses, so please learn it from a person who knows it well). While doing this too, they had to chant a prayer dedicated to the Lord and Star Sun, and this vibration, combined with viewing the Sun in a methodical way, increases ones physical strength.
Unless  practicing these Vedic systems, one cannot just feel and experience its highest values. What one needs is a simple commitment to the ethos evolved in the ancient Vedam and strict adherence to it in his day to day life.  Then only can one gain the full value of peace, health and mental  happiness.
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